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April S. Abrams

I live in the REAL "Real world house". We are right over the Narrow's Bridge and the view is awesome. 8 roommates can be fun and nuts!

Lakewood, WA United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Moon Child: Vampire for Hire, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By J. R. Rain
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (306)

    Private investigator Samantha Moon is faced with an impossible decision - a decision that no mother should ever have to make. A decision that will change her life, and those she loves, forever. And through it all, Sam finds herself in a lethal game of vampire vs. vampire as a powerful - and desperate - enemy will stop at nothing to claim what he most desires.

    Karen says: "Excellent vampire series with a new slant."
    "Interesting side effects of vampirism."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love the formula for vamp stories where female vamps have two lovers vying for their attention. This story is pure escapist entertainment.


    What other book might you compare Moon Child to and why?

    This book/series has the same witty repartee as the Sookie Stackhouse series. However I have not yet seen a character be a good mother and a vampire .


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23661)
    Performance
    (21104)
    Story
    (21173)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    FanB14 says: "Amazing Amy"
    "Definately a mystery with a surprise."
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    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    It had a classic anti hero. This was not the usual mystery and the story owes its success to that fact.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lots of surprises and would have never guessed at the outcome. Those are the best mysteries to me. I also have a habit of reading books before the movie. The movie would have spoiled the book completely and now I am really ready to see the movie.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Amy's gone but where's the body?


    Any additional comments?

    Great writing style. Reads almost as if its scripted with first him being the narrator and then her narrating. This style keeps you unsettled which is good. It's nice to have them keep you guessing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Absolute Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Eve Renner has struggled to remember the night she was nearly killed and her lover was tried for murder. She remembers getting the anxious call from a friend from her past: "Meet me at the cabin. I've got evidence." She remembers seeing that friend lying in a pool of blood. And she remembers a horrifying glimpse of her lover Cole Dennis's face as a gunshot plunged her into darkness. Now, her memory and emotions scarred, Eve has returned to New Orleans to forget the past. But the past will not be forgotten.

    April S. Abrams says: "Family takes on a new meaning in this mystery."
    "Family takes on a new meaning in this mystery."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    To mystery lovers this is satisfying. It's not the absolute best but it is a good read and listen.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I kept an interest in the story as it has a few threads that merged and kept me interested in the next set of facts revealed. I wasn't quite able to put it all together which is not the usual case. Even with a good mystery I can usually figure out who the doer is.


    Which character – as performed by Joyce Bean – was your favorite?

    While I liked the main character, Eve, the cop's daughter was a very interesting character. She shook things up and annoyed people but proved to be a vital person to the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The descriptions of walking through the old mental hospital I found really creepy. Old mental hospitals get to me, I worked in one and it always made my skin crawl. Didn't keep that job forever, lol.


    Any additional comments?

    While this isn't literature 101 it is very entertaining. So much so that I will buy other books by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secondhand Spirits: A Witchcraft Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (787)
    Story
    (776)

    Lily Ivory hopes for a normal life when she opens Aunt Cora's Closet. With her magical knack for vintage fashion - she can sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry - her store becomes a big hit. But when a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area, Lily may be the only one who can unravel the crime.

    Sherry says: "Witches and fashion - what's not to like!"
    "Entertaining story with bits of witchy info."
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    Where does Secondhand Spirits rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was fair and would have been better with another narrator. I almost traded the book back bust decided to tough out the slow monotone and I finally got used to it. The reader's voice achieved few levels and sounded sleepy all the way through. For those that are also interested in witch lore this had some good information.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Secondhand Spirits?

    I enjoyed when she made the Madragora out of Mandrake root and when she described brewing and ritual.


    What aspect of Xe Sands’s performance would you have changed?

    Her energy level seemed to be low. No highs and lows vocally with a monotone that sounded flat.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7485)
    Performance
    (6923)
    Story
    (6943)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Outstanding in every way!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely because it is an excellent story and a superb sequel.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rose the Hat because she was so deliciously evil.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    Dan, because he was the perfect voice for the grownup Danny.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    To answer this question would be a bit of a spoiler but I will say this, this is truly a great horror story. Stephen King at his best. The book is full of suspense and is a good scary story.


    Any additional comments?

    Sequels are hard to do and this is one of the best I have ever experienced. I was on the edge of my seat all the way through the reading of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5796)
    Performance
    (4492)
    Story
    (4503)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Sandra Ross says: "Laugh-out Loud Funny"
    "Jane is a normal girl with an abnormal problem."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like the Sookie Stackhouse series you will love this. This book is full of that witty repartee and banter that we all like so much. You will find yourself cracking up so much that people will look at you to see if you are alright. Some of the best vampires happen by accident and Jane is no exception. She was on her was on her way home and BAM it happened. Now she has to deal with this and the family from hell. Once you read the first one you will be hooked. I dare ya. LOL


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jane's family and the bookstore.


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favorite?

    Of course Jane was my favorite character. She rocks.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Jane: an Abnormal gurl with an Abnormal problem.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't drink milk while listening, you might just end up spraying it out your nose. Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3318)
    Performance
    (2948)
    Story
    (2953)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "A walk to the mailbox takes a different turn."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry the most enjoyable?

    It was unexpected.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    This story has a bit of a surprise but tells the story in a bit of a lackluster way


    What three words best describe Jim Broadbent’s voice?

    Clear, very British, a bit monotone.


    If you could rename The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, what would you call it?

    A long trip to unknown parts.


    Any additional comments?

    This book while accurate about life as we get older was just a bit depressing and not real interesting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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